The Beginning: Four Women, One Vision
In 1977 in a Washington, D.C. basement, four women with diverse cultural backgrounds and a single passion for educational excellence and opportunity founded the enterprise that would become Creative Associates International.
Charito Kruvant was a pioneer in bilingual education who had worked with Head Start in minority neighborhoods in New Jersey. Mimi Tse, originally trained as a chemist, was fascinated by child psychology and the development of the young mind. Diane Dodge was an early childhood specialist, and Cheryl Jones was an accomplished education practitioner. Both were from the United States.
OUR APPROACH TO GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT
Charito Kruvant describes the passion, skills and diversity behind Creatives approach to inclusive and sustainable global development. Watch Video
We wanted to be sure that we could have an impact in society, recalls Charito Kruvant. The four of us came from different cultural settingsLatin American, Chinese, African America and Americanand we strongly believed that we had skills and experiences that could benefit others.
The four collaborated on an early childhood development project that focused on U.S. education and human development programs. Eventually, their domestic focus turned to international educational development and supporting communities in transition.
Their entrepreneurial spirit helped to build Creatives reputation for innovation, initiative and flexibility.
Today, Charito and a team of other experienced professionals lead Creative, which has grown to almost 1,000 employees and has activities in more than 25 countries. The Companys portfolio has grown considerably and now includes economic growth, stabilizing communities, enhancing good governance, promoting transparent elections and more.
To support people around the world to realize the positive change they seek.
Creative envisions stable neighborhoods, communities and regions that can develop effective institutions to provide for their people, enabling them to overcome hardship and live peaceful and fulfilling lives.
Respect for One Another
Forthright, Clear and Direct Communication
FOUNDED:Creative was founded in 1977.
SUCCESS THROUGH PARTNERSHIP:The African proverbif you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go togetherspeaks to one of Creatives core beliefs that partnerships produce better long-term results for communities. Creative partners with civil society organizations, multilateral donors, national governments, the private sector and others to improve education, stabilize neighborhoods and enhance community resiliency. Partnerships are one of the keys to Creatives success.
GLOBAL REPRESENTATION:Creatives staff is geographically rich and diverserepresenting more than 50 countrieswith fluency in Spanish, French, Arabic, Vietnamese, Russian and other languages.
DEDICATED STAFF:Creatives staff take on challenging assignments that require them to meet the high expectations of the clients, national governments, implementing partners and communities. Through collaboration with other experts and using theories of change, Creatives team are able to deliver programmatic results.
CURRENT PORTFOLIO:Today, Creative has programs in nearly 30 countries, including Honduras, Afghanistan and Nigeria.
DIVISIONS:Creative is divided into separate divisionsPrograms, Operations, Business Development and Finance. Creative is led by the President and CEO Leland Kruvant. See our Leadership Team.